The FIT has chosen to support the two start-ups with two Digital Grants. The spin-off from EPFL Crypties wants to make cryptocurrencies easily accessible to anyone. Jawslab, spin-off from CHUV and UNIL, works on helping laboratories to make their digital transition; thus facilitating the reproducibility of studies and experiments.
In a year marked by the global Covid-pandemic, the FIT is happy to have supported 40 start-ups for an unprecedented total amount of 6.25 Million Swiss Francs. Since its creation in 1994, the FIT has allocated 285 loans and 76 grants to innovative start-ups and entrepreneurs working on launching their company.
The FIT and the UNIL-CHUV technology transfer office (PACTT) have just awarded two InnoTREK grants of CHF 100’000 to two researchers: Doctor Shanaz Diessler for her project Sleep Sensor for the monitoring and identification of sleep parameters, and Doctor Amalric Ortlieb for his innovative exoskeleton project, Autonomyo. These InnoTREK grants will enable the two project leaders to work on their project for one year.
The FIT has granted an Innogrant (CHF 100’000) to support two EPFL start-up projects: LBTech and Space4Impact. LBTech’s technology aims to let us be connected wherever we are, while Space4Impact looks to find answers to the challenges faced on earth through space technology.
After providing a Digital Grant in early 2020, the FIT has chosen to renew its support for MAGMA Learning with a Digital Seed loan. The start-up’s personalized AI tutor matured a lot this year, and became particularly useful to boost the impact of training programs in companies and institutions.
The start-up, based at EPFL Innovation Park, conceived the first implantable neurostimulator enabling patients with erectile disorders to activate the nerve responsible for penile erections thanks to a wireless remote control. The already well-established company has just received a Tech Growth loan of CHF500’000 from the FIT.
Based in La Forge at the EPFL Innovation Park, the company under creation TopoTop Climbing offers a web and mobile platform that gives access to a topographic database dedicated to climbing, to guarantee safe outings for climbers. TopoTop Climbing has just been awarded a Digital Grant from the FIT to support the development of its project.
The Vaud-based cleantech start-up and EPFL spin-off aim at improving the efficiency of solar panels thanks to AI-driven data analytics. The FIT has chosen to support SmartHelio in fulfilling this mission.
Based at EPFL Innovation Park, Datapred developed a machine learning software for direct material procurement, enabling their clients to make better decisions and to reduce costs, which the Covid-crisis has made crucial. The FIT has chosen to support Datapred with a Tech Growth loan of CHF 500’000.
Based at the EPFL Innovation Park, Miraex develops full-stack solutions for predictive maintenance and anomaly detection based on its photonic sensors combined with a machine learning algorithm. These sensors are specifically designed to operate in extreme environments. Endorsed by FIT, Miraex has just received a CHF 100’000 Tech Seed loan to support its development.
Optimising the productivity of greenhouse cultivation to avoid water waste, the use of chemicals and CO2 emissions, these are the objectives of the start-up Infrascreen. The innovative approach, which makes use of nanotechnologies, is supported by the FIT Tech Seed loan.
SoHHytec has just received a CHF 100’000 Tech Seed loan from the FIT to support its sustainable production of hydrogen. With its artificial tree named “Arb”, the company is able to produce hydrogen directly on site thanks to two key resources: water and sunlight.
The Foundation for Technological Innovation (FIT) has just awarded a Digital Grant of CHF 20’000 to Rocket Upskilling. The aim of the project is to design and develop tools based on artificial intelligence to facilitate coding learning.
Switzerland, champion of innovation
For the tenth time, the 100 best Swiss start-ups (TOP100_2020) were selected and listed in a ranking published by IFJ (Institut für Jungunternehmen) and PME Magazine. Among the companies selected, 18 are supported by the FIT.
Congratulations to Gamaya, CREAL, Insolight, Agrosustain, Eyeware, Mobbot, Volumina Medical, GTX Medical, Haya Therapeutics, Cysec, Avatronics, Largo Films, Miraex, Raw Labs, Swissdecode, Daphne Technology, Aspivix and DePoly!